Prayer doesn’t work. Enshrine it in the law — prayer is not a helpful action, but rather a neglectful one. Teach it in the schools — when the health class instructs students in how to make a tourniquet or do CPR, also explain that prayer is not an option. Faith in prayer kills people.
The Wisconsin parents who allowed their daughter to die in a diabetic coma because they believed prayer was sufficient aid have been charged with second degree reckless manslaughter. That seems about right to me.
Read this account of the progression of their daughter’s disease, and ask yourself at what point you would be taking her to the doctor, if she were your child. At some point between the first and second paragraph, I would have been rushing her to the emergency room; round about the third or fourth paragaph, I would have been freaking out and screaming into a telephone for an ambulance. They just let it go on and on, getting worse and worse.
Dale Neumann said on the Friday before his daughter died he noticed she was “a little more tired,” but that she ate a McDonald’s meal without any problems. By Saturday he noted the girl “seemed to act like she had a fever” while her breathing seemed a little labored.
Meanwhile, Leilani Neumann told police that by Saturday, “Kara was laying on the couch. Her legs looked skinny and blue. I didn’t realize how skinny she was. We took her to my bed where I got her warm. I thought it was a spiritual attack. We stayed by her side nonstop and we prayed.
“I asked Kara if she loved Jesus and she shook her head yes.”
Later Saturday, “Kara got up to go to the bathroom and fell off the toilet,” Leilani Neumann told police.
Dale Neumann told police he thought his daughter was getting better on Sunday but that at one point he tried to sit her up but she was unable to remain up.
The investigator said he used the term “unconscious” to describe the girl’s condition, according to the report, while Dale Neumann “preferred to say that she was ‘in sleep mode.’ “
Dale Neumann said Kara couldn’t communicate and wasn’t taking any water.
Randall Wormgoor encouraged Dale Neumann to call for medical help but the father “said he remained confident and steadfast in his belief that prayer would heal Madeline,” according to an interview Dale Neumann gave to police.
Dale Neumann said he heard a “commotion” coming from the room where his daughter was lying down and that he began CPR efforts. One of the Wormgoors called 911.
Note that it wasn’t even the parents who called for emergency help — it was a visiting friend. And professional help wasn’t requested until she was dead. The Neumanns would no doubt have gone directly from neglecting their daughter to calling their local
witch doctor priest to carry out the funeral ceremony.
The Neumanns have three other children. They’ve been taken away from them. That’s good, too, given these statements.
Dale Neumann told investigators that “given the same set of circumstances with another child, he would not waiver in his faith and confidence in the healing power of prayer,” according to the interview statement.
Police also said an e-mail Dale Neumann sent at 4:58 p.m. on March 22, the day before Kara’s death, showed that the parents were aware their daughter was very ill.
The subject line of the email was: “Help our daughter needs emergency prayer!!!!” The e-mail was send to AmericasLastDays, an online ministry run by David Eells.
Right. If you want concentrated stupid so dense that it has turned into evil, check out that vile website, although it does rightly and horrifyingly point out a catch in the law.
Wisconsin law, Section 948.04 (6) states: “A person is NOT guilty of an offense under this section solely because he or she provides a child with treatment by spiritual means through prayer alone for healing…” Also in Section 448.04 (6) it states: “No law of this state regulating the practice of medicine and surgery may be construed to interfere with the practice of Christian Science. A person who elects Christian Science treatment in lieu of medical or surgical treatment for the cure of disease may not be compelled to submit to medical or surgical treatment.” This section appears to refer to the application of Christian Healing as “Christian Science,” since no reference is given to indicate it means a particular denomination such as the “Church of Scientology.” And the writing of any law to protect only one denomination would violate the equal protection guaranteed under the constitution by protecting one sect over another.
In other words, the religious have an exemption that allows them to murder their children. “AmericasLastDays” thinks this excuses the parents; to me, it says that Wisconsin lawmakers should feel obligated to change a wretched loophole in the law that opens the door to the abuse of children.
Nothing excuses the lethal cruelty those parents exhibited to one of their kids.